CNBC states that according to the U.S. Census Bureau fewer than 12 percent of West Virginians over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree right now and the Republican legislature just cut higher education funding by more than 6 percent at Marshall University and West Virginia University, and cut 4.6 percent at community and technical colleges.
For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2017
Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com, 304-342-6606
CNBC RANKS WV 50TH FOR BUSINESS, CITES GOP BUDGET CUTS
Republican leadership created zero jobs & raised education costs
(Charleston, WV)– CNBC ranked West Virginia 50th for business and cited budget woes and cuts to higher education as contributing factors.
“Republican leadership in the Legislature passed a budget so bad that everyone is taking notice and they charged West Virginians over half a million dollars for a special session to do it,” said Belinda Biafore, WVDP Chair. “They created zero jobs and raised tuition giving West Virginians less of a chance to get an education and enter the workforce in the future.”
“Republican leadership promised West Virginia job creation and they haven’t created any jobs. Now, they are taking aim at the future of our state by gutting higher education funding and raising tuition so no one wants to come here for an education or our very own West Virginians will lose a chance to be able to get an education and create a brighter future moving forward for our state.”